My journey as a cattle farmer has been nothing short of exciting. Starting at the ripe young age of 4, I remember pulling up my boots, grabbing my cowboy hat and heading out with my papa. It was always so easy and fun for me at that age. Sitting in front of my papa on the horse as he held me tight. Bouncing up and down, enjoying every moment on that beautiful creature. I always felt so strong and powerful up on that horse. The wind blowing in my face. My papa holding me tight into his chest so I wouldn’t fall. There was nothing in the world that could satisfy me the way being on the open range did. Those were the freeing, less responsible days. As I grew, gaining knowledge and responsibility, the work became more difficult, but my love for the work became something greater than I could ever imagine. The early mornings, the constant herding of hundreds of cattle, even laboring up until dinner time has all become a part of me…a way of life…my life.
Herding cows is probably one of the most exhilarating things for me. Now it’s not as easy as it sounds (Well, I guess I’m not sure if it actually sounds easy), but it is NOT. It is definitely a challenging task. Cows don’t follow two by two, watching and being obedient to your every move (hah! Wouldn’t that be a sight to see?). Not even close! They have a mind of their own and when you are trying to corral and move hundreds of them at once, it is inevitable that some will start running in different directions. Once you get one back in the group, off goes another and another and the cycle continues. So why go through so much trouble? Why do they need to be moved anyway? Well, cattle have to be moved from pasture to pasture for grazing and fertilizing. Once they are moved, the spot they were grazing needs to be fertilized and have time to grow more grass. Back and forth they go between pastures just so they can eat. Cows eat ALL. DAY. LONG. The term, “eat like a cow” yep, its a real thing.
What can I say? I LOVE COWS! Wait. What? What are so great about cows??? I know, I know! But think about it. Think about all the wonderful things they give us. Well ok, so they really only give us meat and milk (but those are two things I for one could NOT live without!). Some of the greatest foods originate from milk. Have you ever thought what it would be like to not have milk? No ice cream (**GASP**), no cheese, no butter, no chocolate milk, no whipping cream, no cheese cake! I could go on and on…and on and on! But I’m sure you get the picture. I feel almost as passionately about meat, but lets face it, nothing can compare to the rich, amazing taste of ice cream. Can you tell how much I LOVE ICE CREAM??? So obviously that translates into my love for cows. They seem so unappreciated, yet they give us so much. FOR THE LOVE OF COWS! Literally, for the love of cows. I’m so happy you are here and I hope you enjoy this blog (even if you’re just here for a good laugh)!